Old East Village
The EastVillage is a colorful and energetic neighborhood in downtown Manhattan. Stretching from 14th Street down to Houston Street, and from The East River west to Bowery Street, the EastVillage encompasses an area rich in culture and history. Renovations and revitalization of the area has resulted in a hip, trendy vibe in the neighborhood, while still maintaining its influence from previous generations. Originally home to the Astors and Vanderbilts, the EastVillage then saw the influx of artists and hippies in the mid-1900’s, creating a richly diverse culture. The area has now given way to a vibrant nightlife, fashionable boutiques, and numerous art galleries, and a population of young professionals and families alike. With fantastic and spacious walk-ups, as well as a number of new apartment buildings being constructed, there are plenty of options for living in the EastVillage. Comprising of such smaller neighborhoods like AlphabetCity, the Bowery, and St. Mark’s Place, you will find something interesting to do or see wherever you are. With delicious cafes, many concerts and art showings, and a prime location, the EastVillage has transformed into a highly coveted place to live in New York.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE LIVING THERE:
With cuisines from around the globe, there is something for everyone in the EastVillage. For fabulous Italian food, try Artichoke Basille’s Pizza and Brewery (328 E. 14th Street), or for authentic Indian cuisine, check out Banjara (97 First Ave). If you’re looking for sushi, you’ll find excellent options at BONDST (6 Bond Street), and for tasty desserts, go to ChikaLicious (203 E. 10th Street).
Bursting with culture and history, the EastVillage is home to a multitude of attractions and events for everyone. With performance spaces like the Bowery Ballroom, Performance Space 122, the Bowery Poetry Club, and the Stone, there are always live music options and unique performances to choose from. Also home to the Stomp! Show, the Pearl Theater Company, and the Amato opera, as well as the famous East Village Theater Festival in August, you will never be bored when you’re in the neighborhood. The New Museum of Contemporary Art is also in the area, and TompkinsSquarePark and East RiverPark provide much needed green space as a break from the city, as well as playgrounds for children. The nearest movie theater is Loews Theater on 3rd Avenue and 11th Street.
The 6 Lexington local subway stops throughout the East Village, as well as the F and V trains on Second Avenue, and the L train on 14th Street and First Avenue. There are many buses and cabs in the area, and the close proximity to Union Square makes travelling throughout the city easy from the EastVillage.
There are many schools in the EastVillage, including the GraceChurchSchool and St. George Elementary School. Great public schools in the area include P.S. 63, P.S. 364, P.S. 315, M.S. 255, H.S. 460, and HarveyMilkHigh School (I.S. 586). The CooperUnionSchool as well as many buildings of NYU are also in the area, adding to the revitalization and the youthful vibe of the neighborhood.
The EastVillage has a fabulous nightlife to boast of, and you’re sure to have a great time when you’re out in the neighborhood. For a classic Irish pub, the 11th Street Bar is an area staple (510 E. 11th Street), and Angel’s Share (6 Stuyvesant St., 2nd Floor) is a swanky cocktail lounge great for the after-work crowd. For a real feel of the EastVillage culture, check out the Bowery Electric (327 Bowery), and Lava Gina (116 Ave. C) offers a chic lounge environment.
Fashion-forward boutiques and shops of all kinds line the streets of the EastVillage, and you can always find what you’re looking for. For even more options, Fifth Avenue and Union Square are nearby.
Other restaurants in the EastVillage:
- Apiary (60 Third Ave)- $$- American
- Bar Veloce (175 Second Ave)- $- Light Italian
- Boca Chica (13 First Ave)- $- Latin American
- Brick Lane Curry House (306 E. 6th Street)- $$- Indian
- Café Mogador (101 St. Mark’s Place)- $$- Moroccan
- Cha-An (230 E. 9th Street)- $$- Japanese
- Chinatown Brasserie (380 Lafayette Street)- $$$- Chinese
- Desnuda (239 E. 5th Street)- $$$- Global, Seafood
- Euzkadi (108 E. 4th Street)- $$- Tapas
- Paprika (110 St. Mark’s Place)- $$- Italian
- The Hummus Place (109 St. Mark’s Place)- $- Mediterranean
- The Sunburnt Cow (137 Ave. C)- $$- Australian, BBQ
For more restaurants in the EastVillage, go to New York Magazine’s restaurant page: http://nymag.com/restaurants/?f=food
Other bars in the EastVillage:
- The Belgian Room (125 St. Mark’s Place)- Beer bar
- Blue & Gold Tavern (79 E. 7th Street)- Dive bar
- Cellar 58 (58 Second Ave)- Wine bar
- Death & Co. (433 E. 6th Street)- Speakeasy-esque
- Horus Café (93 Ave B)- Hookah Bar
- Manitoba’s (99 Ave. B)- Classic bar
- McSorley’s Old Ale House (15 E. 7th Street)- Brewery
- Phoebe’s (361 Bowery)
- Professor Thom’s (219 2nd Ave)- Bar
- Sin Sin (248 E. 5th Street)- Lounge
- Soho Billiards (298 Mulberry Street)- Poolhall
- Village Pourhouse (64 Third Ave)- Sportsbar
- Zum Schneider (107 Ave C)- Beer Bar
For more bars in the EastVillage, go to New York Magazine’s bars page: http://nymag.com/nightlife/?f=bars
- Iron and Silk Fitness (155 E. 3rd Street)